New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

February 20, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

An unconditional freedom

February 19, 2019
Cole, Alyssa, author.
New York : Kensington, 2019.
270 pages ; 21 cm
"An assassination plot that could end the Civil War, and a hidden enemy that could destroy a secret league of unsung heroes ... Daniel Cumberland, born free in Massachusetts, studied law with dreams of helping his people--dreams that died the night he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Daniel is rescued, but he's a changed man. When he's offered entry into the Loyal League, the covert organization of Black spies who helped free him, he seizes the opportunity for vengeance against the Confederacy and those who support it. When the Union Army occupies the Florida home of Cuban Janeta Sanchez, daughter of an enslaved woman and the plantation owner who married her, her family's wealth does not protect her father from being imprisoned. Under duress and blaming herself for the arrest, Janeta agrees to infiltrate a group called the Loyal League as a double agent--and finds a cause truly worth the sacrifice. Daniel is aggravated by the headstrong and much too observant new detective he's paired with, and Janeta is intrigued by the broken but honorable man she is tasked with betraying. As they embark on a mission to intercept Jefferson Davis and thwart European meddling, their dual hidden agendas are threatened by the ghosts of their pasts and a growing affection that could strengthen both the Union and their souls--or lead to their downfall."--Back cover.

Trouble in Rio : a family business novel

February 18, 2019
Weber, Carl, 1964- author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2019]
234 pages ; 24 cm
"Rio Duncan is one of the youngest children of the Duncan clan. With no solid position in the family business like his other siblings, he has been feeling out of place and decides to disappear. Rio leaves his Duncan identity behind and goes on a search for friends and family who can relate to him. His destination is Baltimore, and he is sure to find what he is looking for in the city with a community like no other. There, he also finds unexpected trouble. Corey Grant is making a name for himself in Baltimore with an inherited drug empire and a complicated relationship with his right-hand man. With plenty on his plate, Corey has almost no time for the romance he wants with Dre, and he feels like they are growing apart. That brings about a jealousy and insecurity that he doesn't know how to control. Diana Black is Corey's girlfriend-for-hire, and she has a taste for bad boys. She is loyal to Corey's cause, but how long will that last? Rio's personality and flair instantly gains him entrance into Corey's circle. Rio says he's looking for friends, but Corey is sure that other motives are on the table. When Rio has a change of heart about his newfound crew, he needs an escape plan. There is one problem: his family doesn't know where he is. Did he inherit any of the ruthless traits he observed in his father and brothers? Can the most colorful Duncan son get out of Baltimore and back home safe and sound now that he's on his own?"-- From publisher's description.

The care and feeding of ravenously hungry girls

February 15, 2019
Gray, Anissa, author.
New York : Berkley, [2019]
294 pages ; 24 cm
The Mothers meets An American Marriage in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you. The Butler family has had their share of trials, as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest, but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives. Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband Proctor are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened. As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister's teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important.-- Publisher's description.

American spy : a novel

February 13, 2019
Wilkinson, Lauren, 1984- author.
New York : Random House, [2018]
292 pages ; 24 cm
Marie Mitchell, a Cold War FBI intelligence officer, joins an undercover task force to undermine Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary Communist president of Burkina Faso, who she secretly admires and comes to love, in a novel inspired by true events.

Renee : all hail the queen

February 13, 2019
Davis, Brandie, author.
311 pages ; 21 cm
Molested by her stepfather and verbally abused by her mother, Renee channelled her pain into passion and became the most ruthless queen-pin New York has ever seen. Haunted by her past and unable to let go of what was, she struggles to achieve inner peace while inflicting mayhem on the streets of New York.

Redemption : a novella

February 13, 2019
McLaughlin, CaSandra, author.
170 pages ; 22 cm
"Tania Clinton left her small hometown of Sweet Lily, Texas shortly after her graduation day with the intent to never return. Her mother had gone on to be with the Lord, leaving her and her baby sister, Naomi, in the hands of their eldest sister, Mona. Things between Tania and Mona weren't great (to say the least), but Tania had finally moved on...or so she thought."--Back cover.

The black God's drums

February 12, 2019
Clark, P. Djèlí, author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018.
111 pages ; 21 cm
"Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Her sights are set on securing passage aboard Captain Ann-Marie's smuggler airship Midnight Robber, earning the captain's trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls the Black God's Drums. But Creeper keeps another secret close to her heart-- Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities ..."--Page 4 of cover.

Heart of the hustle

February 12, 2019
A'zayler, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]
332 pages ; 21 cm
"Heir to the infamous DeLuca drug cartel fortune, Angel DeLuca walked away from it all for a normal life--until a wrenching betrayal shattered his belief in anything but saving his family's hard-won legacy. He's come back to lead the DeLuca empire--no matter the cost. But his most dangerous rival is the one woman whose fierce determination he can't resist ... Emilia East grew up in the game--virtually a daughter to Angel's mother. In fact, she's been the one enforcing the cartel rules and expanding the business, so she's not about to step aside for someone who threw everything away. But when two rival cartels put a target on her back, going on the run with Angel is her only chance to survive. And his unexpected strength--and concealed passion--sparks a love Emilia can't get enough of. Now they have one last shot to save their empire ... and themselves."--Back cover.

Jaylin : a naughty aftermath

February 12, 2019
Hampton, Brenda (Brenda M.), author.
Farmingdale, NY : URBAN Books, 2019.
300 pages ; 21 cm
Naughty is as naughty always does, and Jaylin Jerome Rogers never disappoints. The aftermath to the Naughty Series picks up nearly three years later, and the tables have clearly turned. For the first time ever, Nokea has found true love with another man, while Jaylin remains on the outside, wondering how it has come to this. He could never imagine Nokea falling out of love with him, but Dr. Travis L. Cooper has it all from A to Z. He';s perfectly fine with Nokea and Jaylin being just friends, but getting too comfortable may become a setback or a setup for major things to come.

The last thing you surrender

February 12, 2019
Pitts, Leonard, author.
511 pages ; 22 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
"A historical novel of race and war that follows three characters from the Jim Crow South as they face the enormous changes World War II triggers in the United States." -- Provided by publisher.


February 12, 2019
K'wan, author.
266 pages ; 21 cm
When she accompanies her high-powered lawyer husband to his native New Orleans to solve a murder mystery, Bernadette learns about her spouse's dark past.

Blood ties

February 11, 2019
Sinclair, Shaun, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]
265 pages ; 21 cm
"Trained to be a Special Forces killer, Leader came back from his tours of duty broke—and near-broken. So when the streets came calling, he rose from ruthless hood enforcer to a powerful international cartel's most feared 'cleaner.' And when tragedy hit home, his sensitive son, Justus, turned out to be a natural assassin—and unshakably loyal to his father. Together they are an unstoppable team who leave no trace behind... Until a mysterious woman from nowhere begins working Leader's deep-hidden weaknesses. Slowly, she's exploding all his secrets—and turning Justus' devotion into a weapon. Now with father and son gunning for each other, survival is down to sheer killer instinct, nothing left to lose—and shattering betrayal only family can deliver..."--Back cover.

Bad boys need love too : a Cincinnati street king's love story

February 8, 2019
[United States] : Royalty Publishing House, 2017
168 pages ; 24 cm
"Born and raised in the most dangerous housing projects in Cincinnati, Ohio, Carlyone Harris never had privilege or opportunities handed to him; he had to take them. The product of a mother on welfare struggling to take care of him and his younger sister and a drug addicted and physically abusive father, he never had a chance of making it out of the hood. Carlyone wanted to make a way out of no way but the street life proved to be more loyal than the legit life. Now married to the street life, he would never cheat on the unspoken codes of honor, one being that the plug's daughter is always off limits. Introducing Shereen Hernandez, a sexy ass Cuban/Haitian/Dominican chick with connects in the hood, through her best-friend, whose father happens to be the biggest cocaine distributor out of Cuba. Carlyone sees him as quick come up and knows the rules but being the outlaw that he is, the man in him that wants to be a street king never follows them. Now, the streets aren't so loyal to him once Shereen's savage father gets word of Carlyone and his daughter. Will the up and coming street king find love with Shereen and a way out of the hood or will the hood be the last place to see him alive?"--Back cover.

Notes from a black woman's diary : selected works of Kathleen Collins

February 7, 2019
Collins, Kathleen, 1942-1988, author.
xi, 448 pages ; 21 cm
Stories: Scapegoat child ; Nina Simone ; Raschida -- Novel excerpt: Lollie (excerpt from an unfinished novel: Lollie : a suburban tale) -- Notes from a black woman's diary -- Letters -- Plays: The brothers : a tragedy in three acts ; Remembrance : a play in one act ; The reading : a play in one act ; Begin the beguine : a play in one act ; The healing : a play in one act -- Screenplays: A summer diary ; Losing ground.
"A stunning collection of fiction, diary entries, screenplays and scripts by the brilliant African-American artist and filmmaker"-- Provided by publisher.

Addicted to a dirty south thug 2

February 7, 2019
Shan (Myss Shan), author.
[Place of publication not identified] : David Weaver Presents, [2016]
224 pages ; 23 cm
Cuba has been through it all, and even then, it seems like her love for Khi grows more and more with each day. After her fairytale proposal and saying yes to the man she loved, Cuba was hit with the bitter and jealous filled rage of Brianna. Cuba's first thought is to run, but Khi isn't going to let that happen. He does everything in his power to show Cuba that she is his queen and he her king and ensures nothing ever happens to her again. Showering Cuba with love, affection, and gifts send these two right down the aisle of matrimony, but what happens just as the two are united? Life and betrayal has sent Khi back to the man that he had so long tried to escape. After everything that happened to his Cuba, Khi becomes the ultimate gentleman at home, but more ruthless than ever in the streets. He and his brothers are determined to reign supreme in the streets and with the new deal that's been handed to them, they plan to take it all while suffering no losses. The money begins to roll in effortlessly and the Prince name is own its way to being a legacy, but while things seem to be going great for them, someone isn't with it, and they're coming for Khi with all they have. KaeDee and Detective Destiny Henson's love story was written before KaeDee had even known. After Deonna's past was revealed and finding out the sacrifices that Destiny has made for him, KaeDee has decided to take things easy and get away for a while. Knowing he's no good for his brothers right now, he and Destiny embark on a journey to see if there a such thing as true happiness. Cassidy tried his best to be a good man to Tangie but one simple mistake causes him to lose his relationship with her. Feeling resentful and as stubborn as ever, Cassidy refuses to beg for forgiveness again and puts his all into the Prince legacy. He no longer wants to love, but when Jourdin the mother of his child walks back into his life and shows him unconditional love and Tangie finally confesses that she no longer wants to live without him, Cassidy finds himself in love with two women unsure of which one deserves his heart the most. Dae awakes from his coma feeling colder than ever. A character you all know pushes Tamar to forgive Dae and his wrongdoings against Taylana for the sake of their child. And now that things seem to be back on the right path, Dae no longer wants what he is now able to have and seeks to win back the heart of the one woman that he cost the most pain to. He wants Amber back and to build the relationship that he coldly tore apart, but she won't make it easy for him and nor will Taylana. Now that Khian, Cassidy, and Daelan are all together, the Prince legacy is in the midst of being written. These brothers have a point to prove and will stop at nothing to do so. You've never seen them so ruthless before especially when the biggest blow to come their way yet involves the last piece to the Prince brother puzzle...Emon. The Prince brothers love hard this round, but gun harder showing you just why everyone is Addicted to A Dirty South Thug.

We cast a shadow : a novel

January 30, 2019
Ruffin, Maurice Carlos, author.
New York : One World, [2019]
324 pages ; 24 cm
"In a near-future Southern city, everyone is talking about a new experimental medical procedure that boasts unprecedented success rates. In a society plagued by racism, segregation, and private prisons, this operation saves lives with a controversial method--by turning people white. Like any father, our unnamed narrator just wants the best for his son Nigel, a biracial boy whose black birthmark is getting bigger by the day. But in order to afford Nigel's whiteness operation, our narrator must make partner as one of the few black associates at his law firm, jumping through a series of increasingly absurd hoops--from diversity committees to plantation tours to equality activist groups--in a tragicomic quest to protect his son. This electrifying, suspenseful novel is, at once, a razor-sharp satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. In the tradition of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, We Cast a Shadow fearlessly shines a light on the violence we inherit, and on the desperate things we do for the ones we love"-- Provided by publisher.

On the come up

January 29, 2019
Thomas, Angie, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
447 pages ; 22 cm
When sixteen-year-old Bri, an aspiring rapper, pours her anger and frustration into her first song, she finds herself at the center of a controversy.

Airtight Willie & me : the story of the south's black underworld

January 28, 2019
Iceberg Slim, 1918-1992.
[New York] : Cash Money Content, 2013.
183 pages ; 21 cm
Airtight Willie & me -- To steal a Superfox -- Lonely suite -- Satin -- Grandma Randy -- The reckoning.
Collects six gritty tales of the street, featuring the lives of hustlers, dealers, and prostitutes.


January 25, 2019
Giles, L. R. (Lamar R.), author.
387 pages ; 22 cm
When DJ ParSec (Paris Secord), rising star of the local music scene, is found dead over her turntables, the two girls who found her, Kya (her pre-fame best friend) and Fuse (her current chief groupie) are torn between grief for Paris and hatred for each other--but when the lack of obvious suspects stalls the investigation, and the police seem to lose interest, despite pressure from social media and ParSec's loyal fans, the two girls unite, determined to find out who murdered their friend.

A love to behold : a novel

January 17, 2019
MacLaren, Sharlene, 1948- author.
New Kensington, PA : Whitaker House, [2018]
331 pages ; 23 cm
"Romance novel set after the Civil War centering on a 27-year-old woman who teaches at a new school for the children of former slaves in South Carolina, the villains who oppose her, and her two suitors"--Provided by publisher.

Inventing Victoria

January 10, 2019
Bolden, Tonya, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2019.
264 pages ; 22 cm
Essie, a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, is offered the opportunity to leave her shameful past and be transformed into an educated, high-society woman in Washington, D.C.

A wish after midnight

January 2, 2019
Elliott, Zetta, author.
270 pages ; 23 cm
Includes study guide.
Genna is a fifteen-year-old girl who wants out of her tough Brooklyn neighborhood. But she gets more than she bargained for when a wish gone awry transports her back in time. Facing the perilous realities of Civil War-era Brooklyn, Genna must use all her wits to survive.

The perfect love storm

December 27, 2018
Black, Anna, 1972- author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2019]
252 pages ; 21 cm
"A playboy bachelor helps a grieving widow learn to love again, but her heart is broken once more when she learns their relationship was based on a bet"-- Provided by publisher.

Addicted to an addict

December 26, 2018
Honey, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2019]
410 pages ; 21 cm
"Atlanta's mayor, The Honorable Josiah J. Bishop, has an addiction to his wife, Mink, that is just as powerful as her toxic love affair with heroin. As her life spirals out of control due to her obsession with the needle, his love and devotion to her is slowly shredding his soul into tiny pieces. But he just can't let her go. The brotha's loyalty to the love of his life and the mother of his two young, adorable daughters is deeper than any ocean. No matter how far Mink drags Josiah down into the murkiness of drugs, booze, and danger on the streets of the ATL, he's determined to love, cherish, and honor her until death. He's hooked on her. It's just that simple. The only thing Mink is faithful to is her next fix. She'll cop it wherever she can and by any means, trying desperately to escape from the secret demons of her past that haunt her daily. Mink's troubled soul remains a prisoner of addiction, twirling violently like a tornado and destroying everything in its path. Not even the love of a good man can set her free from emotional bondage. As Election Day approaches, Josiah's bid to serve a second term in City Hall is jeopardized when Mink commits her most heinous act. The media is going wild to cover the tragic murder and robbery of one of Mink's fellow addicts, a wealthy and prominent Hollywood filmmaker who was more than generous to her after she left yet another treatment facility. She's on the run from justice, ignoring Josiah's pleas to turn herself in. Mink realizes that she's at the end of her rope, but Josiah isn't sure if he has any more forgiveness in his heart for his wife. He will always love her, but finally, he desires love in return. His addiction to Mink has blinded him of that one basic need all this time. Now Josiah has a decision to make. Will he stay in the clutches of addiction to the drug called Mink? Or will he kick the habit once and for all and free himself forever?"--Back cover.

Carl Weber's kingpins : Houston

December 26, 2018
Hernandez, Treasure, author.
New York : Urban, 2018.
220 pages ; 21 cm
"Donna and Kim Boon moved to Houston, Texas with their aunt Lisa when they were orphaned at ten years old. Lisa raised the girls as her own, showering them with everything a young woman could want. The girls have grown up into beautiful and privileged Houstonites and are two of the most eligible bachelorettes in the city, with more suitors than they know how to handle. Life seems perfect, but when Aunt Lisa is gunned down in cold blood, the girls discover a family secret that will change their lives forever."


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